Mr. Q was a middle aged man who was employed at a corrections facility for many years. He was well respected by his peers and had no criminal record. The allegations stemmed from an incident at his place of employment. This was an aggravating fact in Mr. Q’s circumstances. It meant Mr. Q could permanently lose his job and have a very difficult, if not impossible time securing new employment in his area of work. The Crown’s case was solely based on the complainant’s statement. The complainant was not employed at the same institution, however, her position required her to frequent the place where Mr. Q was employed. Both the complainant and Mr. Q engaged in their work duties when the incident is said to have taken place. The allegations were that Mr. Q came close to the complainant, grabbed and held her buttocks. The complainant never consented to any touching. Mr. Q denied the allegations.
Mr. Q’s job, future employability as well as his good name was on the line. The goal was to resolve Mr. Q.’s matter without a criminal record and allow him to return to his place of employment and continue at this job.
Mr. Q did not agree with allegations. He denied the incident ever happened. There were no witnesses to the incident and there were no previous allegations of such nature made against our client, on the job or in his private life. We knew that if we could not have the charges withdrawn, we would proceed with a trial.
The charge of sexual assault was withdrawn after there were extensive negotiations with the Crown Attorney’s office. After completing some upfront counselling Mr. Q entered into a peace bond.